Few things are as annoying as LA traffic; it seems like congestion is a never-ending problem in Southern California. Whether you are trying to get to work or return home after a long day, it is inevitable that you will encounter traffic jams on a regular basis.
The average American spends forty-two hours in traffic. Not only is congestion frustrating, it can also be dangerous. Here are some guidelines for staying safe while you are dealing with LA traffic:
1. Keep a safe following distance
It may be instinctual to get as close as you can to the vehicle in front of you, especially when everyone else is doing it. However, this can quickly lead to rear-end collisions or multi-car pile-ups. For example, if the car behind you rear-ends you and you have a significant following distance, you may avoid hitting the car in front of you. Keep at least two to three seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Remain aware of brake lights so you can keep a safe distance even when drivers in front of you are slowing down.
2. Do not weave
A lot of drivers in LA try to weave in and out of lanes to get ahead of the pack. Unfortunately, this is dangerous behavior. Even if other motorists are attempting to do this, do not follow suit. The best thing for you to do is stay in one lane.
3. Keep your cool
Traffic jams can be infuriating, especially when you need to be somewhere at a specific time. It is easy to let anger get the best of you and lose your patience. Stay calm by listening to music, a podcast or audiobook. You can also practice breathing exercises for relaxation.
Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a driver you are, other LA motorists may be negligent and crash into you in traffic.